It’s been a while since I’ve done a mixed bag post and I’ve missed it!
I have lots of bookish news to share with you – a good ramble is on the way!
 Firstly, if you’re between 16 and 25 and live, work or study in the cities of Yarra, Hume and Darebin, Whittlesea, Moreland, Banyule, Melbourne City and Nillumbik in Melbourne, you’re ligible to enter a writing competition run by the Yarra Council. It’s called Don’t Let Gambling Take Over, and it can be in mixed media forms of story-telling; such as written story, photographs, drawings, video or any other kind of media. It looks really interesting and I love the topic: something close to a lot of people’s hearts, and a great way to alert young people to the dangers of gambling.
 The Emerging Writers’ Festival is fast approaching! I can’t wait. Us Planet EWF Bloggers had an email from Lisa – festival director – which was really just teasing us with all the greatness that is to come. It’s not fair! I want it now! If you’re a writer and want to get involved, EWF is holding Words in Winter: a writers’ residency program. You can find out more information (and how to apply) here. Otherwise, the program is out 24 April: make sure you put that date in your diary because tickets always sell out fast!
Some key dates:
Thursday 24 May – Stories that matter, opening night gala of the Festival
Saturday & Sunday 26 & 27 May – EWF Town Hall Writers’ Conference
Sunday 3 June – Page Parlour indie press fair
 The unpaid internship issue that’s arisen has taken a life of it’s own, with people being funded to research Australia’s state of internships and to see whether people are being exploited.
 In somewhat hilarious timing, I just discovered this website: theintern.co.uk. There’s a book on being an intern (in the music biz, but still) and even comes with helpful hints about getting an internship.
Something else this website has is a video with the MD of Children’s Publishing Penguin UK:
Where she, obviously, suggests work experience and internships.
 JK Rowling’s publisher has released a blurb about her new adult fiction book:
The Casual Vacancy
When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.
Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.
And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.
Personally…? I don’t think it sounds half as exciting as Harry Potter, but you never know.
 I just discovered this Beat Sheet, which you can fill in to see if you’ve, ‘structure[d] a story that resonates ‘. I’ve downloaded it, frankly it looks awesome and after this I’m going to fill it in.
 There’s an awesome job going at the State Library of Victoria if you’re looking for children’s bookish work, fancily called ‘Reader Development and Offsite Programs Manager’.
 There’s a fantastic article on Bookseller + Publisher magazine website about literary festivals, which enters nicely into my next bit of news…
 The good literary folks of Queensland (started by Krissy Kneen and Matthew Condon) have banded together to make the Queensland Literary Awards, which are now open for submissions. How amazing! The literary community always manages to amaze me.
From their Facebook,
The Queensland Literary Awards 2012 will attempt to reward and recognise established and emerging writers across the 14 original categories which constituted previous Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards at a ceremony to be held later in 2012. The Queensland Literary Awards 2012 are being driven by the literary and arts community and coordinated by Queensland authors Matthew Condon and Krissy Kneen.
 ‘At least two of the big six publishers in the US are refusing to renew contracts with Amazon.com, with the giant internet retailer said to be downplaying the promotion of their titles as a result of the dispute,’ so reports The Bookseller.
 Beautiful fashion bookish covers for classics!
Now I must head off in search of jelly beans, because that picture looks good enough to eat.
Have a great weekend! What are you reading this weekend?